Color Blocking With Tile: The 5 Biggest Trends (And How To Make Them Work For You)

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Design: Reath Design

Using color is a great way to give your home personality and make a statement (whether subtle or totally daring). And when it comes to your kitchen and bath, bringing in color through tile is one way you can definitely go bold. One of our favorite ways to use tile – and a method that’s very on trend – is color blocking. 

Simply put, color blocking is using a large swath of one color, or a combination of multiple blocks of colors, to define an area. It’s a term you’ve probably heard used more in fashion (and maybe even applied to your outfits). In the past few years, it’s become more and more relevant in interior design, with designers using color blocking in everything from paint, to furniture, to accessories. And nowhere can it have a bigger impact than when using tile.

Large areas of colorful tile can transform a space, draw your eye to a certain area, or make certain features stand out. Bobby and the design team are always utilizing color blocked tile in projects to give spaces an extra something special.  And it’s easier than you think to make a major change to your space using affordable tile options!

So are you to see how you can apply color blocking to your space? We’re sharing 5 ways to use this trend to full effect, whether it’s in the kitchen or bathroom, along with our product picks for colorful tile. What are you waiting for? Keep scrolling to learn how to take your tile to a trendy (and colorful) new level.

Want even more ideas for using tile? Check out our post Re-Style Your Tile : The 99 Cent Solution to Elevate Your Space

Photo: Laure Joliet
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Design: Reath Design

GO BIG WITH THE BACKSPLASH

A bold backsplash is a great area to introduce color to an otherwise more neutral space. Whether it’s a more earthy color, or something a bit brighter, a large swath of tile will draw the eye and bring visual interest. You can also you a tile backsplash in the bathroom to bring the same principles to a smaller space.

 

 

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For a backsplash, a glossy tile with a handmade feel will contrast well with the clean lines of cabinetry.

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Design: Simone Harouche

SEPARATE THE SHOWER

To differentiate the shower in your bathroom, try covering the entire area in one color tile. Not only does it feel very cool and contemporary, it’s also a way to bring attention and make that space stand out from the rest of your bathroom.  And if a bright color feels a little too bold, you can always opt for a more neutral option, like off-white, grey or taupe.

 

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If you’re going to cover a shower floor in the same tile as the walls, be sure to choose a matte finish that will work well (and not be slippery) under foot.

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Design: SJB

MAKE A SPACE STAND OUT

Covering a space in one continuous color – from floors, to walls, to surfaces – is a great way to make a graphic statement, and unify a space. And going with a strong shade, like vibrant blue, bright green or rich red, will definitely keep your bathroom from being boring. For something more subtle, try covering just one wall of a room in tile.

 

 

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For a space that doesn’t get a ton of natural light, chose a glossy till that will reflect light to make the room appear brighter.

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HELP DEFINE AN AREA

For spaces that have open floor plans (without a distinct line where one room starts and the other stops) tile is a great way to help make it clear. A large block of colorful tile will definitely differentiate a kitchen, a bar area, or even an open entryway. if you don’t want the space to stand out too much, use a color that coordinates, but will still provide some contrast.

 

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A little color can go a long way. Consider using brighter colors in smaller spaces to get impact without being overwhelming.

BRING COLOR TO YOUR COUNTERS

Who said walls and floors were the only space that could get colorful? Your countertops are another great place to apply blocks of color, and create a truly unique feature in your space. Cladding an entire counter (the sides and top) in one continuous colored tile will definitely add interest, whether it’s a more saturated shade, or a natural terracotta.

 

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If using tile on a kitchen counter, ceramic is your best option. It’s heat and water resistant, and when properly glazed, it won’t stain either.

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Design: Robson Rak